24 Memphis officers injured when shooting death of suspected armed fugitive spark violent riots

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Violent clashes broke out late Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee, after local authorities shot and killed a black criminal who’d resisted arrest by attempting to flee from the scene and ram “his vehicle into the officers’ vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon.”

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the incident began when officials with the U.S. Marshals-Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force “encountered” a man wanted on multiple warrants, suspect Brandon Webber, 20, outside of a home.

“While attempting to stop the individual, [Webber] reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officers’ vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon. The officers fired striking and killing the individual. No officers were injured,” TBI announced in a statement early Thursday morning.

According to some reports, Webber may have been armed with a rifle.

In response to the shooting, which is now under investigation by TBI, locals reportedly began rioting and throwing rocks and bricks at local officers. To be clear, Memphis Police Department officers were not involved in Webber’s shooting.

“At least 24 Memphis Police Department officers were injured during a large protest Wednesday night, Mayor Jim Strickland says. The violence erupted after officers of the U.S. Marshals Service shot and killed Brandon Webber, 20,” NPR reported Thursday morning.

When local officers initially arrived on the scene, they reportedly did so without riot gear.

Because of aggressive behavior by the crowd, which reportedly also swung chairs at the officers’ cruisers and broke their windows, officers were eventually forced to don riot gear and also use tear gas.

“By 11 p.m. Wednesday, rain and tear gas had largely dispersed the crowd as officers on horseback patrolled. But in the preceding hours, the agitated onlookers and police clashed in a volatile situation that drew national attention,” The Daily Memphian reported.

Of the 24 local officers injured by the rioting, at least six required hospital treatment. Two journalists were also injured, while “multiple” police cruisers were vandalized.

Some of the crowd’s aggressive behavior may be seen below:


What’s known about the deceased criminal, Brandon Webber, is that he’d posted a disturbing Facebook Live video essentially taunting the police hours before his death

“Webber says in the video that officers would have to catch him as he alluded to a high-speed car chase. … The Facebook Live video appeared to show Webber discussing drugs. He appeared to be driving while smoking a blunt,” Heavy.com reported.

While many aspects of Wednesday’s shooting remain unclear, some local Democrat officials have already chosen to reach a conclusion and label what happened another example of the alleged epidemic of police brutality that the black community faces.

Take Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer, a Memphis mayoral candidate who went so far as to say that the rioting — a word she dislikes — was justified because an innocent man lost his life:

Notice her use of the word “murdered” in the tweet below:

Now pay attention to how she incorrectly described the word “riot”:

Riot is not a “racially coded word.” It’s a noun describing “a violent disturbance of the peace by a crowd.” Speaking of which, below is more footage from the riot:

Keli McAlister, TBI’s public information officer for the Memphis area, has confirmed that an investigation has been launched and that the agency’s “findings will be shared with the District Attorney General throughout the process for her review.”



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